Trades & Services

Laundry Worker

Laundry workers sort, wash and dry clothing, linen, uniforms or household items using washing and drying machines.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Laundry Worker do?

Laundry workers sort, wash and dry clothing, linen, uniforms or household items using washing and drying machines.


Work activities

As a laundry worker, you would:

  • sort the laundry brought in
  • check laundry prior to washing for any damage
  • use treatments to clean stains before washing
  • treat delicate items separately
  • tag loads of washing for identification purposes
  • load and unload washing and drying machines
  • finish items by pressing and folding
  • process customer payments
  • update customer details or databases.

Key skills and interests

To become a laundry worker, you would need:

  • a good eye for detail
  • the ability to follow set instructions
  • good practical skills
  • a methodical approach to tasks
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods
  • the ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a full-time laundry worker you would work a standard number of hours per week. Part-time and flexible work should also be available.


Conditions can get warm in a commercial laundry, and you will be on your feet for much of the time. You will be bending and lifting heavy loads so will need to be physically fit.

You may work in a retail based outlet, a commercial laundry service business or in laundry departments within places like hospitals, aged care homes or hotels.


How to become an Laundry Worker?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a laundry worker without formal qualifications. You would get some training on the job.

You can also become a laundry worker through a traineeship in laundry operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of laundry and dry cleaning workers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

A growing population will continue to demand laundry and dry cleaning services, particularly the cleaning of professional attire and work uniforms and apparel. However, employment growth may be slowed as consumers purchase clothing and other articles that can be cleaned at home.


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